Twin Cities Arab Film Festival Elia Suleiman, 'It Must Be Heaven'


14th Twin Cities Arab Film Festival

Daily from Sept. 26-29
Time Varies
$12 per screening; $25 3-pack tickets; $45 6-pack tickets; $60 festival pass
Festivals, Film

The Twin Cities Arab Film Festival heads to St. Anthony Main this week, offering a mix of comedy, documentary, drama, and more from Arab and Muslim filmmakers. The event, presented by Mizna and the Minneapolis-St. Paul Film Society, kicks off on Thursday with It Must Be Heaven, the latest political comedy by filmmaker Elia Suleiman, who is returning to the festival for the third time. The movie follows a Palestinian expatriate through a comedy of errors as he considers things like identity, belonging, and nationality. After the screening, head to Pracna on Main for the opening night party, catered by Zakia Deli with live performances by Deka. Other screenings include aKasha, a madcap love story set in Sudan; Dachra, a Tunisian horror film; five short films by local and regional filmmakers; and a program of shorts showcasing works from Sudan. In total, there will be over 30 contemporary films from a variety of countries, including Egypt, Lebanon, Qatar, Syria, Jordan, the U.S., and the United Arab Emirates. Find tickets and more info at